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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency 

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A woman opens her own detective agency in Botswana.
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Jill Scott ...  Precious Ramotswe 7 episodes, 2008-2009
Anika Noni Rose ...  Grace Makutsi 7 episodes, 2008-2009
Lucian Msamati ...  JLB Matekoni 7 episodes, 2008-2009
Desmond Dube Desmond Dube ...  BK 7 episodes, 2008-2009
Thabo Malema Thabo Malema ...  Charlie / ... 5 episodes, 2008-2009
Tau Maserumule Tau Maserumule ...  Fanwell / ... 5 episodes, 2008-2009
Lebogang Motubudi Lebogang Motubudi ...  Richard Makutsi 4 episodes, 2009
Harish Patel ...  Mr. Patel 3 episodes, 2009
Brenda Ngxoli Brenda Ngxoli ...  Florence Peko 3 episodes, 2009
Dipshikha Mahajan Dipshikha Mahajan ...  Nandira Patel 3 episodes, 2009
Mosako Mogara Mosako Mogara ...  Wellington 3 episodes, 2009
Kgomotso Delia Tshwenyego Kgomotso Delia Tshwenyego ...  Rose / ... 3 episodes, 2008-2009
Paterson Joseph ...  Cephas Buthelezi 2 episodes, 2009
Vusi Kunene Vusi Kunene ...  Doctor Gulubane 2 episodes, 2008-2009
Colin Salmon ...  Note Makoti 2 episodes, 2008-2009
Kenneth Nkosi Kenneth Nkosi ...  Two Shots Pulani 2 episodes, 2009
Keketso Semoko Keketso Semoko ...  Mma Potokwane 2 episodes, 2009
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After her father's death, sensible and cheerful Mma Precious Ramotswe sells her inherited cattle and opens the country's only female-owned detective agency. She hires Botswana Secretarial College graduate (97% in the final exams!) Grace Makutsi as her assistant. Together they solve problems big and small with their wisdom, big hearts, and endless cups of red-bush tea. Meanwhile, Mma Ramotswe's best friend, mechanic Mr. JLB Matekoni, hopes for a chance to win her heart... Based on Alexander McCall Smith's best-selling book series. Written by L. Hamre

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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

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UK | USA | South Africa | Botswana

Language:

English | Tswana

Release Date:

29 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Agência Nº1 de Mulheres Detectives See more »

Filming Locations:

Botswana See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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When cast, both of the lead actresses in this series were a little better-known for their professional singing than for their film or TV acting careers. Jill Scott was most famous as a Grammy-winning R&B and soul singer, though she had also been a spoken-word performer and poet and a stage actress. Anika Noni Rose won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for the Broadway show "Caroline, or Change," and also appeared in singing roles in Dreamgirls (2006) and (after starting The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (2008)) The Princess and the Frog (2009). See more »

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Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 3 March 2011 (2011) See more »

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One of the Most Well Rounded Shows I've Seen
6 April 2009 | by emovies1994See all my reviews

When I heard about this show being airing on HBO, I was thrilled. My father had read several of the books and loved them (I have just started the first book). Although, from the first moments of the show I was still a bit skeptical. But when Mma opens her detective agency, the writing becomes some of the best I've seen on TV in years. There is a perfect mix between seriousness and fabulous humor.

Mma is a clever, witty woman, while her secretary and hairdresser add nothing more than many wonderful laughs. This show has fantastic characters played by wonderful actors.

I can only hope that this show stays on for many years to come!


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